Human Rights Watch report documents abuse of child athletes in Japanese sport

first_imgTopics : “For decades, children in Japan have been brutally beaten and verbally abused in the name of winning trophies and medals,” Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said in a statement.In 2013, the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) promised to take steps to wipe out violence among its sports federations after an internal survey revealed more than 10% of its athletes had been victims of bullying or harassment.They also cut funding to its judo federation at the time after coaches were found to have physically abused female athletes.HRW said, however, that not enough had been done since then and demanded organizations such as the Japan Sports Council and the JOC use the upcoming Olympics as a catalyst for change. A Human Rights Watch report has found child athletes in Japan often suffer physical and verbal abuse and sometimes sexual abuse when training for sport after documenting the experiences of over 800 athletes in 50 sports.The 67-page report released on Monday titled “I Was Hit So Many Times I Can’t Count” looks at Japan’s history of physical punishment in sport and includes first-hand accounts of athletes being punched, kicked and whipped.The report comes in the week that would have marked the start of the Tokyo Olympics had it not been for the global coronavirus pandemic. The Games have now been delayed a year.center_img The JOC did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.The report was based on interviews with more than 50 current and former athletes, an online survey that drew more than 757 responses and meetings with eight Japanese sports organizations.Of the 381 survey respondents aged 24 or younger, 19% indicated they had been hit, punched, slapped, kicked, knocked to the ground or beaten with an object while participating in sports. These experiences occurred in at least 22 different sports, the report said.”The coach told me I was not serious enough with the running, so we were all called to the coach and I was hit in the face in front of everyone. I was bleeding, but he did not stop hitting me,” the report quoted a professional athlete given the pseudonym of Daiki A. as saying.Eighteen percent reported experiencing verbal abuse, and five reported experiencing sexual assault or harassment while participating in sport as children.last_img read more

Arsenal feel Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s suspension is ‘excessive’ and will try to reduce it

first_imgArsenal feel Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s suspension is ‘excessive’ and will try to reduce it Meyer had to be substituted after Aubameyang’s late challenge (Picture: BT Sport)While Arsenal will not appeal the decision or try to have it overturned, report that they are hopeful of having the suspension reduced.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThey feel Aubameyang did not use excessive force and was making a genuine attempt to win the ball, with the challenge looking far worse in slow motion.Arsenal intend to cite other examples of similar challenges that were not punished with red cards, some of which were on their own players.Both Matteo Guendouzi and Nicolas Pepe were lucky to escape serious injury from reckless challenges against Norwich City and West Ham respectively, while Andy Robertson was not even shown a yellow for a late tackle against Tottenham.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDiscussing the tackle after the game, manager Mikel Arteta said: ‘I just watched it and it looked nasty, to be fair. Knowing Auba, there’s no intention to make such a tackle.‘Hopefully he hasn’t been injured and we are sorry for that. The decision was made and we have to accept it.’ Advertisement The forward was sent off against Crystal Palace for a late tackle (Picture: Getty)Arsenal believe Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s three-game suspension for the red card he picked up against Crystal Palace is ‘excessive’ and are looking to try and reduce it.The Gabon striker, who is Arsenal’s top scorer this season with 14 Premier League goals, was initially shown a yellow card for his late challenge on Max Meyer before it was upgraded to a red by VAR.Aubameyang’s dismissal for dangerous play means he will miss Arsenal’s next three games, against Sheffield United, Chelsea and Bournemouth. Advertisementcenter_img Comment Arsenal don’t want to lose Aubameyang for three important games (Picture: Getty)Palace boss Roy Hodgson was less sympathetic, saying: ‘I knew at the time it was a severe challenge and I’m not accusing Aubameyang of wanting deliberately to do that, but it was a bad challenge, a forward’s challenge.‘He’s had his ankle bent almost in half, a 90-degree angle. The only thing that surprised me is it took them so long to decide it was a red card, because I don’t think I’ve seen a challenge which was more obviously a red card than that in a long, long time.’MORE: Arsenal to pursue maximum two loan signings in January as Mikel Arteta is happy with squadMORE: Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breaks silence after red card against Crystal PalaceMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 Jan 2020 1:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.8kShareslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces First ‘Carbon Science Center of Excellence’ in U.S. to be Established in Centre County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces First ‘Carbon Science Center of Excellence’ in U.S. to be Established in Centre County Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Morgan Advanced Materials will establish a new research and development center in College Township, Centre County. The center is the first of its kind in the U.S., focused on driving developments in the field of carbon research.“Collaboration plays a vital role in supporting the critical linkage between our leading universities and business development,” said Governor Wolf. “We are proud to support a project like the Carbon Science Center of Excellence that will support and cultivate the innovative efforts of both Morgan and Penn State for years to come.”Morgan will lease a site at Penn State’s Innovation Park and where it will establish the ‘Carbon Science Center of Excellence.’ This will be Morgan’s third center of excellence, but its first in North America. The company has committed to making a multi-million dollar investment at the R&D facility and to create at least 15 new, highly-skilled positions in Pennsylvania.“Support from Penn State University, the Governor’s Action Team, and the Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County has been vital in making this center a reality,” said Mike Murray, Chief Technology Officer for Morgan Advanced Materials. “By working collaboratively, we envisage our discoveries will drive the industry forward, pushing the boundaries of technological innovation in the years to come.”The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $50,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania in collaboration with Invent Penn State. Invent Penn State is a commonwealth-wide initiative focused on spurring economic development, job creation, and student career success.“The collaboration is a win-win situation for all involved. Our commitment to developing new methodologies and making further scientific discoveries in carbon science is closely aligned with Morgan’s company vision, mission and commitment to the markets it serves,” said Neil Sharkey, Vice President of Research for Penn State University. “Morgan’s expertise and commercial insights will provide our researchers with a solid foundation to deliver workable, commercially viable solutions that distinguish both Penn State and Morgan in a fiercely competitive marketplace, while contributing to job creation and economic development in State College and in the commonwealth.”Morgan Advanced Materials, trading in the U.S. as Morganite Industries, Inc., is a global materials engineering company which designs and manufactures a wide range of high specification products with extraordinary properties, across multiple sectors and geographies. Morgan Advanced Materials has a global presence with over 8,500 employees across 50 countries serving specialist markets in the energy, transport, healthcare, electronics, petrochemical, and industrial sectors.For more information on Morgan Advanced Materials, visit more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: July 12, 2016last_img read more

Solskjaer: De Gea is the world’s best despite mistake

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended goalkeeper David De Gea after his howler against Everton, branding the Spaniard “the best in the world.”Advertisement Read Also: Pogba set for Man United training return; sources“David is, for me, the best goalkeeper in the world. He went through a difficult patch last season but he has been very, very good this season.“I can’t remember any goals this season apart from the Watford one. I trust David 100%.”De Gea, who signed a new long-term contract in September, is under pressure from No. 2 Sergio Romero, who kept a clean sheet against Club Brugge on ThursdayFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Thailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them De Gea’s clearance cannoned in off Dominic Calvert-Lewin to give Everton an early lead before Bruno Fernandes equalised to earn United a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday.De Gea redeemed himself with a wonderful save to deny Gylfi Sigurdsson in the final minutes but has now made seven errors leading directly to a goal since the start of last season — the joint-most with Martin Dubravka and Bernd Leno.“David has shown here his reaction, the way he made amends and saved Sigurdsson’s shot at the end,” Solskjaer said. Loading… last_img read more

The Latest: Barcelona launches line of protective masks

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Barcelona has launched a line of protective masks for its fans during the coronavirus pandemic. The money will come from a larger 35-million euro ($38.1 million) support plan for French tennis as a whole. It will go to the players ranked outside the Top 100 who won’t receive any compensation from tennis’ international governing bodies.Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French tennis federation, told a conference call Monday that 66 male players and 39 female professionals will benefit from the allocation. Beach tennis and paddle tennis players, as well as wheelchair professionals and players with disabilities, can also sign up to the scheme. The support plan will be operational from June 3 and will last until Aug. 31, 2021. It will also help clubs, coaches, instructors, umpires, other officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.The men’s and women’s professional tours are suspended until at least July 13.___ The club says the masks are available in three different models with exclusive designs using Barcelona’s colors. They can be found online or in physical stores as they gradually reopen to the public beginning on Monday.The masks are made in Catalonia using 100% ecological cotton. Barcelona says they comply with all “health requirements and regulations.” The masks are reusable and guaranteed to up to 40 washes.Spain was one of the hardest hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic with nearly 30,000 deaths. Masks are now obligatory for the entire population in most situations.Barcelona and most Spanish clubs sustained heavy financial losses and reduced the salaries of its players during the pandemic. PSG and Tencent sealed a partnership during the French club’s Tour in China last year.___The chief executive of West Indies’ cricket team says a plan is in place to fly a 25-man squad to England around June 8 ahead of a three-test series starting a month later in bio-secure stadiums with no spectators.Johnny Grave says he has been in discussions with the England and Wales Cricket Board for the past six weeks and that Cricket West Indies is expecting a formal offer to go ahead with the tour in the coming days.Grave says in an interview with the players would take privately sourced tests for COVID-19 three or four days before the departure date. They would then convene at a base in Antigua and fly out in one aircraft on the same day, before being transported to their quarantine and training venue where they would spend about three weeks. May 25, 2020 ___The top women’s soccer league in England has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Football Association says a decision was taken to end the Women’s Super League with immediate effect following “overwhelming feedback from the clubs” and to give them the chance to “prepare and focus on next season.”Manchester City was leading the league by a point from Chelsea, which had a game in hand. Arsenal was a further three points behind and also had a game in hand on City. Worlds are usually held every other winter, in odd years.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 He reiterates that the government hopes to hold the Tokyo Games “in a complete form” with spectators as a proof of human victory against the coronavirus.Japan and the International Olympic Committee have agreed to postpone the Games by one year to July 2021.Experts say developing an effective and safe vaccine by the Games next year will be difficult.___The French tennis federation will set aside nine million euros ($9.8 million) for its players who financially struggle as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Malagò says “this is the best solution” in order to avoid the championships being canceled or shortened after the fallout in Italy from the coronavirus pandemic.Malagò says FISI would officially send the request to the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) board on Monday.Cortina was already forced to cancel the World Cup finals in March this year due to the advancing virus.Moving the worlds to March 2022 would put the event one month after the 2022 Beijing Olympics and likely force FIS to cancel that season’s finals in Méribel and Courchevel, France.The Cortina worlds are currently scheduled for Feb. 7-21, 2021. Recommendations for sporting outcomes such as which team should represent England in the Women’s Champions League next season will be sent to the FA board.The second-tier Women’s Championship has also been canceled.___Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the swift development of vaccines and effective treatments for COVID-19 are priorities towards achieving the Tokyo Olympics next year.Abe says recovery from the coronavirus pandemic only in Japan would not be enough to hold the Games because it involves spectators and athletes from around the world. ___Chinese technology company Tencent has donated 150,000 face masks and 10,000 pairs of protective goggles to Paris Saint-Germain’s foundation.The foundation will dispatch them to organizations and charities in need of equipment to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.The shipment was delivered last week and is being stored at PSG’s Parc des Princes. The stadium has been operating as a logistics support base in the Greater Paris region.Sabrina Delannoy, the deputy director of the Paris Saint-Germain Foundation, said on Monday that the donation “will enable our many partner charities to continue working in safe conditions and to pass on this equipment in turn to the people who need it most.” The Latest: Barcelona launches line of protective masks The Euroleague basketball season has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and no championship will be awarded.The league says it considered and rejected various plans for continuing the season, including proposals from many cities to hold remaining games. It instead opted to focus on the 2020-21 season.The league adds that “for reasons of sporting integrity, all competition system modifications including a reduced number of teams were discarded.”The Euroleague has 18 teams across 10 European nations. The different lockdown and border restrictions in those countries made it difficult to continue games.The season was suspended March 12. Turkish club Anadolu Efes Istanbul was leading with a 24-4 regular season record. Associated Press He adds that the current plan is for the test matches to start July 8, July 16 and July 24. The tour was due to start on June 4 but no professional cricket can be played in England before July 1 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Grave says there is still some apprehension among players and support staff about leaving their families for seven weeks, travelling to Britain and playing in bio-secure venues, but that no player has said formally he does not want to tour.___The Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI) would like to postpone next year’s Alpine skiing world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo until March 2022.Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malagò revealed the plans during an interview with RAI state TV on Sunday night.last_img read more

Syracuse lands first tight end in Class of 2019

first_imgClass of 2019 tight end Luke Benson announced his commitment to Syracuse via Twitter on Sunday night. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 24, 2018 at 8:43 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44center_img The six-foot-four, 220-pounder committed to Syracuse over schools such as Army, Brown and Harvard, among others. His commitment comes less than a week after announcing he received a scholarship from SU via Twitter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Central Bucks High School West (Pennsylvania) product is the seventh commit in SU’s Class of 2019 and the first tight end. He’s the third offensive player to commit to the Orange from that class. Commentslast_img

O’Donnell on Munster bench for Treviso game

first_imgThe Cahir man featured against France two weeks ago but did not make Joe Schmidt’s squad for tomorrow’s Six Nations meeting with England.Fellow Tipp native – Clonmel’s Dave Foley – is also on the bench for the province’s latest match in the competition.Meanwhile, Ireland have trained at Twickenham ahead of the match against Eddie Jones’s side. The Six Nations weekend begins tonight in Cardiff as Wales host France at five-past eight.The Irish under 20s are also in action later.They face England in Newcastle.last_img

Zamalek Set to Boycott CAF Super Cup

first_imgThe game was supposed to take place in mid-August, however, it was postponed until CAF reached a verdict regarding the Champions League final VAR scandal. The organizing committee had to choose a winner between Esperance and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca and decided to crown the Tunisian giants.Now before announcing a date for the encounter, CAF revealed that the Super Cup would be played in Qatar, which angered Zamalek president Mortada Mansour, who refuses to play the game there.“I don’t mind facing Esperance in Tunisia, but I won’t play in Qatar to win a piece of metal,” said Mansour“I already said that I won’t play in Qatar. Zamalek’s handball team didn’t participate in the Club World Cup because it took place in Qatar.“If the CAF wants to create an issue I don’t mind. I won’t play in Qatar even if we get relegated to the third division.“CAF won’t expect my reaction,” he concluded.The Whites are currently preparing for this season’s Champions League final qualifying round when they face Senegal’s Generation Foot in the second leg, next Thursday, October 24.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Egyptian giants, Zamalek may not honour the CAF Super Cup proposed to hold in Qatar. It is the first time that the continental champion of the champions match is being taken out of Africa.According to Egyptian publication, Kingfut, Zamalek’s president, Mortada Mansour revealed the club’s intention of pulling out of the CAF Super Cup if it takes place in Qatar.After having lifted the CAF Confederation Cup trophy back in May, Zamalek were set to face Champions League winners Esperance Sportive de Tunis in the Super Cup.last_img read more